F-22s from JB Langley-Eustis, Va., recently relocated to the Georgia Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center in Savannah to continue training during runway renovations at Langley. Workers began a $2.2 million project “focused on replacing the worst runway slabs, cleaning and resealing joints, pouring concrete to repair a taxiway intersection, and restriping,” Langley spokesman 1st. Lt. John Cooper told the Daily Report on Aug. 15. Before Langley’s 10,000-foot runway closed on July 27, Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing departed for Savannah, he said. There are currently 26 F-22s in Savannah, he said. Langley’s runway is scheduled to reopen to air traffic on Aug. 26, said Cooper. In addition to contractors, Langley engineers and “various units on base are also heavily involved in the [runway] project,” he noted. Another 12 of Langley’s F-22s left the base late last month on a deployment to Kadena AB, Japan, as part of a normal rotation of US combat assets to the Pacific.
These are the complete remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at the Reagan National Defense Forum, Dec. 3, 2022, in Simi Valley, Calif.